Privacy and identity continue to pose dilemmas

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Sep 192013

Diane Whitehouse, Marit Hansen, Jaap-Henk Hoepman, and Ronald Leenes

Some questions around emerging technologies may be technological and organisational, but the longstanding bugbears of privacy and identity management continue to raise their challenging heads. The week of Monday-Friday 17-21 June, 2013, saw an eighth IFIP summer school debate these issues intensively. Its formal title was the International IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management for Emerging Services and Technologies: Several working groups from both TC9 and TC11 contributed to the programme and organisation of the school: they included working groups 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, and 11.6.

Thought-provoking, and challenging talks were given by over ten keynote visitors. On the social science and economics side, Alessandro Acquisti, Colin Bennett, and David Lyon all paid visits from North America. On the more technical side, talks were given by Jan Camenisch, Simone Fischer-Huebner, Yannis Stamatiou, and Rodica Tirtea. Full details of all these inputs, and more, is at:

Some seventy persons were present – most of them young researchers. While the youngest had recently graduated from a bachelor’s degree, there was also one person present who had just received his PhD last month! Thirty student presentations were given. Student best prize winner was Paulan Korenhof of Tilburg University’s law school, the Netherlands. She explored the controversial notions of erasure and “the right to be forgotten” in her paper entitled Forgetting bits and pieces. All contributors – and especially the young researchers – are being encouraged to submit their work to the school’s outcome publication, a book to be published by Springer-Verlag in 2014.

Several European Union (and other) co-financed projects contributed with presentations and people. Among them, ABC4Trust, the Cloud Accountability project (A4Cloud), DigIDeas, Future ID, and PRISMS. Several sidebar workshops organised by these projects took place at the school.

The school took place at the Hotel Erica, in the “hills and dales” of Berg en Dal in the Netherlands, thanks to the kind hosting of Radboud University and Tilburg University‘s Privacy &Identity (P&I) Lab.

Since play as well as study is always important in such learning settings, evenings were spent at Holland’s national bicycle Velorama Museum and on a local pancake boat trip, sailing along the River Waal



Summer school attendees queue up to enjoy a pancake boat trip

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8th International IFIP Summer School on Privacy & Identity Management

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May 122013

The 8th International IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management for Emerging Services and Technologies will take place on 17-21 June, 2013 in Berg en Dal, close to Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The summer school is hosted by the Privacy & Identity Lab and the Radboud University Nijmegen.

This summer school is the 8th of a series of summer schools organised over the last few years by the IFIP Working Groups 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, & 11.6.

For more information, see the website:

The program is available here:


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Summer School Report

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Oct 052011

The Seventh International IFIP Summer School was held from the 5-9 September in Trento, Italy. This is an annual event organised by the IFIP working groups 9.2, 9.6, 11.7, 11.4, and 11.6. A fantastic range of talks and workshops were held, with a large number of student speakers. Some of the topics included:

  • privacy
  • game theory
  • mobile applications
  • social networks
  • cryptography
  • privacy by design
  • cloud computing
  • location-based applications
  • shared data
  • risk assessment
The best student paper award was won by Philip Schutz for his paper Data Protection Authorities in a Comparative Perspective.
Social activities included a trip to Lake Garda and Castel Toblino, and a fascinating city tour around Trento.
WG 9.2 members hosted a special workshop on Social Impact of Privacy for Life, with contributions by Sarah Spiekermann, Linda Kool, Norberto Patrignani, Aygen Kurt, and Catherine Flick. Participants discussed the reasons for deleting or keeping Facebook posts, perspectives of privacy by design, how computer professionals can contribute to privacy by design, the importance of governance and innovation, and the social impact of Bitcoin.
The next Summer School will occur in 2012 and will be announced later this year or early next year.

Summer School Participants enjoying the city tour.

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